• Jamie Brunsdon

    Event & Content Manager

    Jamie is responsible for producing and managing the content for our Infrastructure Series, Regulatory Network, Annual Women's Networking Lunch, and a portion of our non-London based events. She also oversees all of the hosting for WIG events. Prior to joining WIG, Jamie worked in International Trade & Development, creating high-level investment conferences for the governments of emerging economies. Originally from New Zealand, she spent several years working as a Relationship Manager in the healthcare sector before making the move to London in 2014. Jamie holds a Bachelor of Communication Studies in Public Relations and Management Communication from the University of Waikato. When she’s not in the office, Jamie can be found at Sleven CrossFit where she is a coach and competitive athlete. 

  • Saana Kärnä

    Events Executive

    As an Events Executive, Saana is responsible for coordinating a section of the annual events programme. Before joining WIG, Saana gained experience of public relations and communications at Airbus. She also holds a degree in Politics and International Relations from the University of Bath. Outside of WIG Saana enjoys running, playing tennis and can often be found curled up with a good book.

  • Stephanie Pearce

    Event & Content Manager

    As Event & Content Manager, Stephanie is responsible for producing and managing a wide range of WIG events across a number of networks. Before joining WIG, Stephanie worked in the events industry producing conferences on different aspects of the global sustainability agenda such as circular economy, waste management, and decarbonisation of the shipping industry. Stephanie holds a doctorate from the School of Politics & International Relations at Queen Mary College, and taught on undergraduate courses including ‘The International Political Economy of Development’ prior to embarking on her events career. When she’s not in the office, Stephanie can be found exploring London’s museums and art galleries with her daughter.

  • Tom Sapsted

    Head of Content & Events

    As Head of Content & Events, Tom is responsible for overseeing the entire WIG events portfolio, ensuring they remain a forum for constructive collaboration between government, industry and the not-for-profit sector. The focus is on researching new ideas, building on the existing events and working with the wider WIG team to build a robust and relevant event schedule. Before joining WIG, Tom has worked across both government and industry. He ran the energy division for a commercial conference company, worked within the Department for International Trade, and developed new business for an independent TV production company that worked exclusively with not for profits. Tom graduated from UCL with a BA Hons in History and subsequently picked up a Masters in International Security and Global Governance from Birkbeck. Outside of WIG, Tom is a keen Tottenham Hotspur fan and spends time exercising, having completed the London Marathon in 2018.

  • Lucy Stewart

    Events Assistant

    As the Events Assistant, Lucy supports the administrative and logistical side to running our events. Prior to WIG, she gained an MA (Hons) from the University of Glasgow in Politics. Outside of work, Lucy loves to travel and spent a semester of university studying in Tokyo.

  • Laith Whitwham

    Senior Event & Content Executive

    As the Senior Event and Content Executive, Laith is responsible for producing and coordinating a portion of the annual events programme. Prior to joining WIG, Laith worked as Campaigns Coordinator at New Internationalist, the UK’s longest running non-profit media organisation. Having graduated from Goldsmiths College, University of London with a BA (Hons) Degree in Politics, Philosophy & Economics Laith has a particular interest in housing policy and urban studies and has written about the sociological impact of architectural design and urban policy. In his free time, Laith plays guitar and sings as part of a band.